Sunday, November 15, 2015

Join us 11/18 for an Open Conversation with Dr. B and Ms. T!

Quote of the Week: 

Monday is a B day.                                    

Progress Reports and Milestones Reports

This week we will be sending home your child's Milestone Individual Student Report, along with their progress report.  If your child is not passing a class at the progress repeort period, there is still time to pull that grade up to passing. It isn't very difficult for a student to recover from one failing quarter in a class, but the likelihood of them passing for the year significantly decreases when they have failing grades for two quarters. Progress report is the time to intervene, both at school and at home. Please contact your child's teacher if you have questions.

PSP Begins November 16th!

PSP will begin Monday! Only students that have turned in applications will be allowed to participate in the program. It will operate Monday and Tuesday from 4:00-6:00. Transportation will be provided to students that are within our school zone. If your child is a car rider, remember they must be picked up no later than 6:15. We are looking forward to serving your child!

Shout Outs!

Students, parent, and community members - Is there someone at Hilsman to whom you would like to give a public "shout out" for something positive they have done? We have so many positive activities going on here at Hilsman, and we need to get the word out! If you would like to give someone a shout out, please share it with us in the form below. You may give a shout out to a student, teacher, staff member, etc. and we will share it with them. Your shout out may also make the Panther News! You may also video your shout out (15 seconds or less) and upload it to the folder linked here.

Georgia Parent Survey - Please take 5 Minutes!

The Georgia Parent Survey is modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, we hope you will complete the survey while in the building for parent conferences. All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Individual data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.

Parents may access a link to the Georgia Parent Survey under the "School Links" section of each school's webpage, or by clicking on the link below.

Georgia Parent Survey

FFA News

11/16 - Friendsgiving FFA meeting after school! 4:00-6:00 (Bring a side or dessert)

Highlights from This Week at Hilsman

Malala, Shakespeare, Letters to the Mayor about erosion, and 21st CCLC/Panther Cafe Chef challenge!

Learning about rain barrels and water recycling.

Congratulations to the Hilsman Chess Team for their convincing win over Coile!


Dates: November 16th through December 1st
Cans will be collected in homeroom.
The homeroom at each grade level with the most cans will receive a uniform free day!!!
Please encourage your students to participate!!! Many of our students rely on this food!!

This is our IB project for November!

D.C. Dance!

The 8th grade is hosting a dance on November 18th from 6-7:30 p.m. The theme of the dance is Black & White. Students are asked to dress in all black or all white. There will be concessions, a DJ, and a photo booth. Cost of the dance is $2, concessions are $1, and all proceeds will go to help fund the 8th grade trip to Washington, DC this spring.

Open Conversation with Dr. B and Ms. T

Do you have questions, comments, or suggestions to help us improve our social and academic environments? Would you like to have an opportunity to sit down with administration and share what's on your mind?

Wednesday, November 18th, from 6-7:30 p.m., we will be holding an open conversation with Dr. B and Ms. T during the DC Dance. While your students are dancing the night away, join the administrators in the cafeteria for refreshments and conversation. We look forward to seeing you there!

SET Updates

Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week - November 16-20th

This week is National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. SET will be doing drawings daily for Trash Hunger T-Shirts. I have given permission for the students who win them to wear them with uniform pants any day next week.

Monday & Tuesday November 16 & 17 = The 50 Can Challenge

Save aluminum cans and bring them to school on Monday & Tuesday, November 16 & 17. Every Hilsman student and staff member is challenged to recycle 50 aluminum cans. Let’s create a mountain of metal at Hilsman! The money earned from the cans will be donated to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. Eco-friendly prizes will be given to students and staff that are "caught" recycling.

Trick or Treat for UNICEF ends on Tuesday, November 10! 

All orange boxes and donations should be given to Mrs. Clark.

There will be a pizza party for each grade level homeroom that collects the most funds for UNICEF this Halloween season.

If you know of donors that prefer to pay by credit card instead of the orange Trick or Treat box, they may donate through our on-line fundraiser. A link is here: The video shown in the on-line fundraiser tells donors what UNICEF does and how it helps children. 

Comic Coding

Four Athens is offering a special Saturday Coding Class just for Hilsman students at their downtown location on Nov. 21st from 9 AM - noon! Students will learn HTML/CSS for Comic Books! The cost is $46 with possible scholarships available. Information and registration: For questions:

Counseling News

Food 2 Kids

For more information visit

21st Century CLC and Panther Cafe 

We had a great turnout for 21st CLC and Panther Cafe! Make plans to join us in December.

Breakfast was delicious!

Learning about Bubonic Plague from an 8th grade student.

21st CCLC

This is an exciting time for 21st Century. We are taking advantage of every opportunity to build an enrichment program that supports student engagement at Hilsman.Please take a moment to look at the schedule for this quarter. Got questions? Feel free to speak with any of the staff listed or Ms. Hayes to learn more.

Literacy Enrichment

Barnes & Nobles’ Special Events Calendar is chock-full of dates for engaging in literacy, Educator Appreciation Days, LEGO Architecture, Mini Makers Faire, Star Wars and more. Don’t wait. Check it out today!

PTO News

Here is a link to the latest notes from the October Parent Advisory Board Meeting. There's a lot of good information about digital resources and tools in this month's minutes.

Yankee Candles are here! Please come by the office and pick up your order if you haven't already.

November 20th - Hilsman Skate Night at Fun Galaxy! 



Thursday 11-19-15                 Boys and Girls Basketball vs. Clarke MS  4:30

Cedar Shoals:

Wednesday 11-18-15                      Wrestling @ E. Jackson 5:00

Friday 11-20-15                               Basketball @ Rockdale Co. JVG/B 4/530 VG/B 7/830

Saturday 11-21-15                          Girls Basketball vs. Mill Creek 2:30
                                                         ( Jefferson Tabo's Tournament )

GO JAGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Our announcements are now a daily Google Presentation, which can be viewed by clicking here. In these announcements there is information regarding sports tryouts, club meetings, etc. You can access the weekly Panther News video here.

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Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars

November 17 Progress reports and Milestones reports go home
November 18 DC Dance from 6-7:30 p.m. All Hilsman students are invited!
November 18 Open Conversation with Dr. B and Ms. T 6-7:30 p.m. (Cafeteria)
November 20 Hilsman Skate Night at Fun Galaxy
November 23-27 Thanksgiving Break - No School

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